what is reiki
Reiki (Rei: Higher power / universal - Ki: Life force energy) is a Japanese non-invasive, holistic, energy healing therapy.
Reiki may be practised in person or from a distance with the same effect. The energy flows through the Chakras (Sanskrit: 'wheel' / energy points) to balance the mind, body and spirit.
Reiki is used for stress reduction / anxiety, emotional and physical ailments and relaxation.
It is a gentle method of spiritual and holistic healing.
A treatment can feel like a wonderful, glowing radiance that flows through and around you.
Usui Reiki was created by Dr.Mikao Usui (1865-1926) in the early 20th century. He was a student of Buddhism from the age of four years old and throughout his life, he studied and practised many healing techniques and martial arts practices, but also as an adult, held many different jobs, including being a secretary for the Mayor of Tokyo!
Usui Reiki originally focused on self treatment, healing and spiritual development toward a path of enlightenment.
Reiki has been practised and taught as a healing system in the West since the late 1930s. Reiki Practitioners can trace their spiritual lineage to a trail back to Mikao Usui and have been attuned by their respective Teacher.
Distance Reiki is when a Practitioner connects to Reiki and sends healing energy to a person without physically placing their hands above or on the body, or needing to be in the same room! The Practitioner serves as the channel or vessel for life force energy to be directed through the palms of the hands, to the receiver.
This means Reiki may be sent to you wherever you are based in the world, at any time, with the same effect and benefits as hands-on-healing.
Ki - life force energy (known as chi or qi - Chinese, prana - Indian, spirit - Christian) knows no physical barriers and Reiki travels with only love, light and for the highest intention.
Distance Reiki allows you to be in the comfort of your own space and time.
Stress in our lives manifests itself in so many forms; feeling low, anger, creativity blocks, frustration, not knowing what path to take, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalances, illness, pain - unfortunately the list goes on.
Reiki can help with uplifting, energising or/and relaxing you, both mentally and physically. With it's gentle nature of energy, the healing unlocks blockages in your body, to allow the energy to flow.
Reiki is a wonderful healing system to accompany you on your spiritual journey also. At times, we may question ourselves and everything around us, as we transition to being more spiritually aware and connected to our highest self. For many, what arises during and after their session can be surprising, nourishing and give insight into where you are in your self development journey and where you are going.
The Reiki precepts / principles were created by Dr. Mikao Usui for his students to follow and integrate in their daily life and their spiritual path. They were the foundation of his teachings, adapting the precepts from a similar teaching used in the Tendai Buddhist sect of Shugendo from the 9th century.
*Place hands in Gassho*
(palms of the hands placed together)
Just for today
Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will not anger
Just for today, I will be grateful
Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing
Anyone may embrace this code of practice, not just Reiki Practitioners, citing the precepts each day, just as you would with affirmations or mantras. They allow us to be in the present moment, to refrain from self judgement and to promote inner well-being.
Reiki is a wonderful way to support you living a high vibrational life! Living life with a higher frequency means feeling lighter, joyful, balanced and feeling gratitude towards yourself and others.
Love, kindness and authenticity helps you to tune into manifesting all that you desire.
Prioritising your wellbeing and mental and physical health is of the utmost importance, but understandably, it can be difficult to manage this if you are busy all of the time.
Digital overloads, such as working on a computer all day, hours spent on a phone or social media can also put a strain on us, leaving us tired or on empty for what seems like no reason at all, causing energetic imbalances.
Reiki, essentially, fills in the gaps - the healing energy that is received allows us to manage everyday life in a balanced, calm flow state. It's gentle nature of healing benefits us in the long term.
The Sanskrit word 'Chakra', translates as 'wheel' and refers to the energy points in the body. There are many chakras in the body, however most Reiki Practitioners focus on the seven major energy centres, from the tailbone to the crown, which are:
Mooladhara Chakra (Root, tailbone)
Swadhisthana Chakra (Sacral - below the navel)
Manipura Chakra (Solar Plexus - above the navel)
Anahata Chakra (Heart)
Vishuddhi Chakra (Throat)
Ajna Chakra (Third Eye - between the brows)
Sahasrara Chakra (Crown- top of head)
When any one or more of our chakras are blocked, our body, mind and spirit become unbalanced. This negatively impacts our life force energy and can manifest as illness, pain, emotional and / or spiritual imbalance.